The Teays Valley Strings
Teays Valley Strings
Teays Valley Strings performers in a special concert for Putnam Rotarians are (front row, left to right) cello players Lake Isacsson, Campbell Fowlkes, Brynna Price, Rylyn Bielinkski; (back row) Conductor Dr. Frederick Meyer, Gavin Carr, Brooks Isacsson, Campbell Bartkowski, Dakota Thomas, Meghan Oxley, Danielle Quijano, Shannon Felker, and Cooper Fowlkes.

Brynna Price
Brynna Price on the cello
Rotarians enjoy special concert

April 1, 2014

The Putnam Rotary luncheon today included a special concert treat by the Teays Valley Strings, a talented group of local youngsters who are learning violin and cello under the tutelage of Dr. Fredrick Meyer.

A professor emeritus from WVU-Tech who has performed on oboe and English horn with the West Virginia Symphony, Meyer volunteers four days each week to teach the group which now numbers about 24 students at all grade levels.

There is no tuition charge. Instruments are provided, but some of the students want to purchase their own.

Some of the instruments are of a reduced size which is easier for little fingers to manage.

The ensemble today numbered about half of the group. "The schools are in the middle of their 'writing assessment,'" Meyer said, "and that's important."

Putnam Rotary obtained a matching grant through the District 7550 from the international foundation to purchase instruments for the Teays Valley Strings. Meyer said two violins, a cello and a viola were purchased out of the Rotary grant.

The program included a variety of selections from "Frère Jacques" by some of the beginning students to Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."

Most of the Strings students are in the elementary grades, but some have been in the program five and six years.

"Dr. Meyer is long on patience," said Duane Thomas, who is president of the group.

Instruction is after regular school hours, so no time is lost from other classes.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in the program,
please contact Dr. Fred Meyer at

Enrollment depends on availability
of instruments and instruction schedule.

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